rather than
I. conjunction Date: 14th century 1. — used with the infinitive form of a verb to indicate negation as a contrary choice or wish <
rather than continue the argument, he walked away
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<
chose to sing rather than play violin
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2. and not <
obscures rather than resolves the problem
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<
why do one thing rather than another?
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<
happy rather than sad
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II. preposition Date: 1595 instead of <
rather than being pleased, she was angry
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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